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For Dennis Cozzalio, "since 2010 there has been one film festival I have attended that I can call home, a place which has felt like just that for going on seven years now—the annual TCM Classic Film Festival." We're rounding up previews of this year's edition, the seventh, running from today through Sunday. Plus, interviews with Carl Reiner, whose Steve Martin-starring comedy Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid will be screening. Faye Dunaway will be on hand for a presentation of Network. And Gina Lollobrigida will be making a rare public appearance as the festival presents Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell and Trapeze. » - David Hudson
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TCM Classic Film Festival Starts Today!

Anne Marie here, reporting from sunny Los Angeles!

The 6th Annual TCM Classic Film Fest starts today in Hollywood, kicking off 4 days of fan-friendly classic film viewing. Though Turner Classic Movies's festival is only six years old, the TV channel works to make each year bigger and broader than the year before it. This year, TCM will honor legendary director Francis Ford Coppola with a handprint ceremony, and call on the likes of Angela Lansbury, Faye Dunaway, Rita Moreno, and Anna Karina to introduce its decades-and-countries-spanning festival lineup. If you thought "Classic Movies" meant films shot in La from 1930-1950, TCM has some mind-altering revelations for you!

This year's theme is Moving Pictures; movies that not only move us to tears (It's A Wonderful Life and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), but also laughter (Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid), trepidation (Band of Outsiders), spiritualism (The Passion of Joan of Arc), and introspection (Network,
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'All the President's Men' Set to Open 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

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'All the President's Men' Set to Open 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival
As is their tradition, Hollywood's own TCM Classic Film Festival has lined up an impressive slate of screenings and special events for its annual event. This year, the festival will open with a special 40th anniversary screening of the classic political thriller "All the President's Men." Other events include a special screening of "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," followed by an extended conversation with writer-director Carl Reiner and a tribute to actor Elliott Gould, featuring screenings of his films "The Long Goodbye" and "M*A*S*H." Further appearances are scheduled for stars like Eva Marie Saint, Anna Karina and director John Singleton, who will present his "Boyz N The Hood" for a special screening. Check out the current lineup for the TCM Classic Film Festival below, with all synopses provided by the fest. "All the President’s Men" (1976) Producer and star Robert Redford helped change the face of newspaper.
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What to stream for every possible mood (including dread) on January 1

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What to stream for every possible mood (including dread) on January 1
2016 is coming. No matter what your mood is when the clock strikes midnight, we've got your streaming needs covered for that cold, cold morning of January 1.  Lighthearted acceptance: "Meet the Fockers" (Netflix) I prefer to think of "Meet the Fockers" as a tag team Celebrity DeathmatchRobert De Niro and Blythe Danner vs. Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. Whose wisecracks land hardest? Whose anxiety-inducing jabs make Greg Focker tweak hardest? It's hard to say. I feel like conventional wisdom tells you this movie is inferior to the original, but Dustin and Barbra are wholly original, hilarious characters. Along with "The Guilt Trip," this makes two times Barbra Streisand has played believable, quirky Jewish mothers who don't seem all that much like Barbra Streisand. Unthinkable devastation: "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (Netflix)   Tilda Swinton's kid is a born psychopath. I know we're supposed to find his wrath horrifying,
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Mel Brooks to Present Steve Martin with AFI Life Achievement Award

Iconic Hollywood director Mel Brooks will present Steve Martin with the American Film Institute's 43rd Life Achievement Award — America's highest honor for a career in film. Martin will be recognized as one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation. The private black tie gala will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on June 4 and will premiere Saturday, June 13, at 10 p.m. (Est/Pst) on TBS, with an encore at 11:30 p.m. (Est/Pst). Sister network TCM will present an encore of the special on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m. (Est/Pst) during a night of movies starring Martin.

As the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award recipient in 2013, Brooks is also in an elite group as an "Egot" — an artist who has received all four major entertainment prizes: the Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® awards. Most recently Brooks was awarded the British Film Institute Fellowship — the British Film Institute's highest possible honor. Brooks has written, directed, produced and starred in many classic comedies, including "The Producers" (1967), "Blazing Saddles" (1974), "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "Silent Movie" (1976), "High Anxiety" (1977), "History of the World Part 1" (1981), "To Be or Not to Be" (1983), "Spaceballe" (1987), "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993) and "Dracula: Dead and Loving it" (1995). His visionary film company, Brooksfilms Limited, also produced critically acclaimed films such as "My Favorite Year" (1982), "The Fly" (1986), "84 Charing Cross Road" (1987) and the Academy Award®-nominated "The Elephant Man" (1980).

Steve Martin is an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician. Recipient of an Emmy®, four Grammy Awards®, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar®, Martin first rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian and quickly established himself as a leading man with a body of work defined by his unique creative voice. In his break-out role in "The Jerk"(1979), which he also co-wrote, Martin's distinct comedic sensibilities launched him into the zeitgeist.

He went on to become a bankable big-screen star, with distinct roles in films such as "Pennies from Heaven" (1981), "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), "The Man with Two Brains" (1983), "Three Amigos!' (1986), "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988), "All of Me" (1984), "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" (1987), "Roxanne" (1987) and "Father of the Bride" parts I and II (1991, 1995), "Parenthood" (1989), "Grand Canyon" (1991), "L.A. Story" (1991) and "Shopgirl" (2005) — a film which he wrote based on his novella of the same name.

In addition to his beloved film credits and his successful writing career, Martin is also an accomplished musician. Martin recently premiered his new musical "Bright Star," at the Old Globe Theater featuring original music by Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell, inspired by their Grammy Award®-winning collaboration "Love Has Come For You."

"Steve Martin is an American original," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. "From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author — and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award." Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute event directly support the Institute's national education programs.
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Steve Martin to receive lifetime achievement award by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-10-04 23:35:46

Comic Steve Martin will be honoured with the 43rd American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating his career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, California on June 4, 2015.

Martin began his career writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, winning an Emmy in 1969. He went on to forge a career in comedy before his first film - seven-minute short The Absent-Minded Waiter - was nominated for an Academy Award in 1977. His break-out role came in 1979's The Jerk, which he also co-wrote, and he went on to star in a string of comedy hits, including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Little Shop Of Horrors and Planes, Trains And Automobiles.

Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees Sir Howard Stringer said: "Steve Martin is an American original. From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands...
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Sin City and the eternal, seductive allure of film noir

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The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...

"Things go dark. I don't mind much. It's okay." John Hartigan, Sin City.

We're at the shadowy back-end of the summer blockbuster season and darkness is entering the frame. Here comes ultraviolence, sleaze, crime and death, all beautifully shot in macabre high-contrast monochrome. Just when you thought you'd got yourself clean and were all peppy after some upbeat family-friendly popcorn thrills, here's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to darken up the doorways. (And it will light up a cigarette in those doorways and spit out some tough dialogue from between its bloodstained teeth while it's lingering there.)

We're back in the Basin City of Frank Miller's graphic novels again, once more brought to vivid screen life by the comics creator
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Rough Cut: behind the scenes of the horror film that never existed

A spoof slasher film appeared in the discography of a fictitious band. Then it was constructed from snippets of 60 other movies. Now it's got its own making-of documentary

Do you remember the first time you saw the 80s exploitation horror classic Hiker Meat? Chances are you don't. Although it conjures up that innocent age when teenagers with Silvikrin locks and too-short shorts could get unironically butchered on camping holidays, Hiker Meat isn't quite what it appears to be. In fact, it doesn't even exist. Which makes it all the more peculiar that it is now the subject of a new making-of documentary called Rough Cut, an intriguing experiment that combines elements of Grindhouse and Berberian Sound Studio with a fanboy fondness for the slasher genre.

The title Hiker Meat first cropped up as an imaginary film score on the discography of a fictitious krautrock band, Lustfaust, co-created for an art
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Google honours Edith Head for Oscar-winning costume designs

The record-breaking Oscar winner was a key part of Alfred Hitchcock's team, and helped Audrey Hepburn achieve movie immortality

Edith Head's classic designs – in pictures

Edith Head, the subject of today's Google Doodle, still holds the record for most Oscar wins by an individual woman: eight, all for her costume designs. Most of these wins came in the early 50s, including two for Audrey Hepburn movies, Roman Holiday and Sabrina, but it was Head's work on a string of Alfred Hitchcock films that have ensured her place in the cinematic firmament.

In fact, it's fair to say that Head's costume work in films such as Vertigo, The Birds, and Rear Window was integral to Hitchcock's particular, recondite concern: the dismantling of apparently perfect women. The co-ordinated suits and neat frocks worn by the likes of Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak were the most obvious part of
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The Man Who Brought Beatles, Bond & More to Movies

The Man Who Brought Beatles, Bond & More to Movies
Who's that man posing with the Beatles? He's the Hollywood producer who signed the Fab Four to star in A Hard Day's Night before they touched down in America for the first time. He's also the guy who launched the James Bond movie franchise by giving the green light to make Dr. No, then saved it by luring Sean Connery back for one more movie. He also discovered the likes of Steve Martin and Woody Allen on the stand-up circuit and started their movie careers. Many movers and shakers in the entertainment industry are hidden in the fine print and not seen in the spotlight, and now legendary producer David Picker is stepping out with a new memoir – Musts, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies – and sharing some Hollywood tales with ETonline.

Pics: Hollywood's Hottest Movie Posters

"I've been a very lucky guy," says Picker. "I wound up in a situation where I was able
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Angelina Jolie to Receive Honorary Academy Award

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Angelina Jolie to Receive Honorary Academy Award
Angelina Jolie will be bringing home a second Oscar, but not for a performance on the silver screen. The actress will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. Jolie, who won in 2000 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted, will receive one of four honorary awards, with the others going to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi. "The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who've made indelible contributions in their respective fields," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
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The Man with Two Brains

Steve Martin is on manic form as Dr Hfuhruhurr, a pioneering neurosurgeon who marries a scheming patient (Kathleen Turner) while secretly being in love with his dead wife's disembodied brain. Turner turns up her Body Heat persona to amusing effect in this bout of Frankensteinian tomfoolery from Martin and his regular director Carl Reiner (The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid). It's not every day you hear the line "Into the mud, scum queen!"
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Aff 2012 Interview: Todd Berger, 'It's a Disaster'

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The comedy It's a Disaster will be one of the Marquee Screenings at this week's Austin Film Festival, screening Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Paramount. This the first time at Aff for filmmaker -- and former Longhorn -- Todd Berger. His documentary Don't Eat the Baby: Adventures at Post-Katrina Mardi Gras (Jette's review), played Aff in 2007, and he returned in 2009 with the hipster-noir comedy The Scenesters (Jette's review). In 2010, you might have seen him onstage at the script reading for The Hand Job. 

I asked him a few questions via email about It's a Disaster, which premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year.

Slackerwood: How did you conceive of the idea for this apocalyptic comedy?

Berger: It all started when I read an article about how George Romero's Night of the Living Dead is public domain. I came up with an idea to shoot new footage, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid style,
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The Essentials: The Films Of Rob Reiner (Before He Forgot How To Direct Movies)

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Maybe it's just a particular hang-up of this writer, but we find one of cinema's greatest mysteries to be the question of what happened to Rob Reiner. The sitcom star and son of the great Carl Reiner ("Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," "The Jerk") became a film director in the early 1980s and had an extraordinary, almost unmatched run across the next eight years, helming seven diverse and hugely acclaimed films that have become enshrined as some of the finest of their era. Few filmmakers, at least within the mainstream, can make a claim to a consecutive string like it. And then, in the early 1990s, Reiner appeared to be replaced by some kind of a pod person. Where his helming was once assured, tonally perfect and displaying a terrific sense for casting, the exact opposite became true, with a string of films that were forgettable at best, and unwatchable at worst.
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Stuck on you

Between 1956 and 1969, Elvis Aron Presley starred in a total of 31 movies. Now he could be back for more.

Virtual actors in new films have long been a dream for producers. Since 2004, when Kerry Conran's Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow brought Laurence Olivier back 15 years after his death to play crazed scientist Dr Totenkopf, it has been a reality. Yet though Sky Captain represented a big step forward from the simple archive footage techniques used in films like Zelig and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, it has taken a while for technology to catch up to the point where it can successfully render dead actors in new situations. The options available to producers have also been limited by copyright issues, with the rights to big stars' images often increasing after their deaths.

Last month, Core Media made a big impression by bringing Tupac Shakur back from...
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The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975)

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Directed by: Dean Hargrove

Written by: Dean Hargrove, Gabriel Dell

Cast: Gabriel Dell, Will Geer, Anjanette Comer, Joyce Van Patten, Vincent Gardenia, Barbara Harris, Jackie Coogan, Huntz Hill

For movie fans of all genres, Mod (Made on Demand) DVDs are both a blessing and a curse. While it's true DVD-r technology makes it possible for collectors to own a physical copy of movies that wouldn't otherwise warrant a full-scale release, it also allows the studios to sell any film hiding in the corner of a film vault. And that would be fine if it wasn’t for the premium price tag attached to the finished product.

Taking a risk by purchasing an unknown film can be costly, as you might be buying a film better suited for a Walmart dump bin, which is where The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery belongs. Despite the script's best intentions, and a cast filled
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Readers' Reviews

The best of your comments on the latest films and music

'David Lynch, you really are quite wonderful and have helped to stretch the way in which I think and the way I perceive the world," Chamba said last week, beneath our interview with the film director turned techno musician. "Thank you for all your films and for Twin Peaks (which got me through my A-levels) and for your wacky interviews! And thank you Xan Brooks for a very funny article."

Lynch was not just interviewed last week, he was the guest editor of Film&Music. Hence articles about getting 21-year-olds from the Ozarks to listen to his music, and having Billy Gibbons of Zz Top discuss the workings of the block and tackle, all of which prompted ZIZI1001 to comment: "Strange fruit … but what a fruit. An embarrassment of riches today."

The Zz Top piece elicited an outburst
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Clip joint: tearjerkers

Grab yourself a hankie as we salute a selection of movies guaranteed to reduce you to emotional rubble

It doesn't take much for me to blub and films, although predominantly fictional, are a common trigger for these very real tears. Like most film fans, I find certain movies tug at my heartstrings harder than any, er, tug of war, no matter how many times I watch them. So, super-soft tissues at the ready for my top five tearjerkers – my first, my last, my every viewing …

1) Ghost

If it's not bad enough that Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) only replies "ditto" when his girlfriend Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) says "I love you", he's murdered before he can even utter the L-word. So the final scene, when the adorable couple are briefly reunited and Sam finally tells her he's always loved her before being rushed to heaven – and yes, accompanied by the Unchained
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Essential Actor / Director Partnerships: Steve Martin and Carl Reiner

In a special feature running all this week, Alex Williams counts down his Essential Actor / Director Partnerships...

Steve Martin and Carl Reiner

The Jerk (1979)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

The Man with Two Brains (1983)

All of Me (1984)

As comedy partnerships go, they don't come much better than this. In their work together, Reiner and Martin co-wrote and made some of the best comedy of all time. At the time of The Jerk, Martin was the most popular comedian in America. He was regularly selling out stadiums with his stand up shows, had won the Grammy for best comedy album in '77 and '78 and had sold over a million copies of his single King Tut. Meanwhile Reiner had established himself in the early sixties by creating and writing for The Dick Van Dyke Show, a sitcom set in the world of television, and it was here that he first began to direct.
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What's the best sight gag in a comedy?

Sometimes, comedy doesn't need words. Here are your suggestions for the most immaculate banana skin moment

@philwest The scene in Naked Gun where the lorry crashes into the firework factory and as everyone stares at the multicoloured, explosive mayhem, our hero says: "Move along folks – nothing to see here."

@monkey2, @smallwordsplease,

@alicol The house falling on Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill Jr

@johnfoley The mirror scene from the Marx brothers' Duck Soup cracks me up every time.

@RockyRocastle The horse that appears to be Buster Keaton wearing a dress and umbrella in Our Hospitality.

@YoghurtWeaver In The Big Lebowski, when the Dude spends ages hammering a plank against the door and then the door opens the other way.

@VirtuallyPastit Take the Money and Run: Woody Allen's character Virgil is shown performing in a marching band – as a cellist.

@julian6 The grisly black comedy of the scene in
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